59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 6 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to San Miguel de Allende

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 9 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 6 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tarantulas Way and Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Uvita

— 5 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Kokopelli. Step out of Uvita to go to Dominical and see Horseback Riding Tours, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 7 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Marina Pez Vela. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Los Campesinos Reserve (in Quepos) and Rainmaker Park (in Parrita). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Jaco

— 6 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Santa Teresa and Spas & Wellness. When in Santa Teresa, make a side trip to see Tortuga Island in Puntarenas, approximately Puntarenas away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa holiday builder tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Nosara

— 4 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Guiones and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Playa Samara (Horseback Riding Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo). The adventure continues: stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosara online visit planner.

You can take a shuttle from Santa Teresa to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 7 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Ponderosa Adventure Park (in Liberia). Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Volcano Brewing Company.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker site.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa

— 2 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, then browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa online travel planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 7 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Viento Fresco Waterfall and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.